National Organization of Bar Counsel (NOBC) is a non-profit organization whose members work in the regulation of the practice of law, including lawyer and judicial discipline, legal and judicial ethics and education, promotion of professionalism, and the unauthorized practice of law. Established in 1965, NOBC has accumulated a sizable membership that includes professionals from regulatory authorities, agencies, and unified and voluntary bar associations throughout the United States, as well as international affiliate members from affinity organizations.
NOBC provides a comprehensive organizational framework to promote the values of its members.
NOBC’s purposes include the following:
to provide a forum for the exchange of information, materials, and views about the regulation of the practice of law;
to provide materials and other resources to assist its members in enhancing the competence, ethics, civility, and professionalism of regulated legal
to foster interstate, state-federal, and international communication and cooperation in matters involving the regulation of legal professionals;
to promote coordinated action and assistance in addressing inter-jurisdictional and transnational disciplinary and regulatory issues;
to conduct policy-oriented research, analysis, and reporting on issues pertaining to regulation of the practice of law;
to develop a professional culture for individuals working in its mission-focus area;
to improve the quality of disciplinary and regulatory services;
to sponsor and participate in educational programs designed to increase the knowledge and efficiency of its members;
to cooperate and collaborate with other organizations with similar missions.
As appropriate, NOBC also takes advocacy positions on matters relating to the regulation of the practice of law and facilitates the submission of briefing on litigated issues of nationwide importance through its Amicus Committee.
NOBC holds two annual membership meetings each year in conjunction with the American Bar Association’s meeting schedule: a Midyear Meeting in February and an Annual Meeting in August. The business and affairs of NOBC are managed by a Board of Directors composed of a President, President-Elect, Treasurer, Secretary, Immediate Past President, ABA Delegate, and two At-Large Directors. Election of the four officers—President, President-Elect, Treasurer, and Secretary—takes place at the NOBC Annual Meeting, as does election of one of the two At-Large Directors, who serve two-year terms. NOBC’s standing committees include a Budget Committee, Membership Committee, Nominating Committee, Amicus Committee, Program Committee, Resolutions Committee, and Website and Publications Committee. The President-Elect appoints members to all standing committees immediately prior to accession to office, and the President is authorized to appoint any ad hoc committees necessary to the proper conduct of NOBC business.